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Thursday 30th April 2020

This afternoon you will be doing History and Music.




Thursday 30th April 2020

LI: To explain how attitudes towards African art have changed since the Victorian times and question whom ancient artefacts belong to.


Look at this powerpoint about African art, specifically the 'Benin Bronzes:

You have three tasks to complete:


Task 1 (Main Task)

1.Look at the photographs of the Bronzes (below)
2.Draw one of the Benin Bronzes.
3.Make comments in the table below:


What some people thought when they saw the Bronzes

What the Bronzes really tell us about the Benin Kingdom










Task 2

What do you think? There is no right or wrong answers here, it is more like some philosophical thinking. Answer the following questions about the Bronze that is wanted by The New York Gallery.

1.Should the Bronze be returned?
2.Where should it be returned to? Nigeria or New York?
3.Who owns the Bronze?
4.The exhibition wishes to educate people about ancient African art. Is this a good enough cause to sell it to?
5.Should it be reunited with the other Bronzes?

Task 3

Imagine that the Benin Bronzes had been found in a chest today, in the 21st century.

  • Write a newspaper headline about the discovery.
  • What do you think the headlines sounded like in Victorian times?
  • Why are people’s opinions about African Art different now?

Benin Bronze photos (Click to enlarge)


Thursday 30th April 2020

LI: To learn a song with Sign Language


You all already know that Miss Hesketh loves using songs in Sign Language. Not only does it help us to include many more people with our music, but it is also a great thing for everyone to learn! Using actions in songs helps us to remember the lyrics and even helps us to get better at spelling; have a look at this page for some of the benefits:


  1. Gives Your Brain a Good Workout
  2. It’s Around Us All the Time
  3. Introduces You to a New Culture & Community
  4. Meet New People & Make New Friends
  5. Improves Your Peripheral Vision & Reaction Time
  6. Communicate with Babies
  7. Communicate with Animals
  8. Boosts Your Communication Skills
  9. Become Better at Spelling
  10. Helps You To Become a Better Listener
  11. You Become More Diverse
  12. Boosts Your Busiess & Creates More Opportunities
  13. Becomes Easier to Learn Another New Language
  14. Improves Your Body Language Skills
  15. Introduces You to the Issue of Deaf Awareness
  16. It Can Be Used All the Time
  17. Be Able to Help When Required
  18. It’s a Beautiful Language


I would like  you to try and learn a whole new song with the Sign Language.

Start with Hey Mr Miller (an easy one because we have done it before- I know it's Thomas's favourite!) and then explore some other songs. It's a great skill to have (and very impressive) so film yourself doing it and send it to our school twitter @kensingprimary. You could even ask your parents for their permission and help to upload it to their YouTube or TikTok account.


Some of Miss Hesketh's favourites are below but you can choose any.


There are 47 different signed songs that you could learn here on Sing Up: or plenty more on YouTube. Remember to use the BSL (British Sign Language) version not ASL (American).

Hey, Mr Miller - Sing Up (with Signs)

This is a signed version of a jazzy song about Alton Glenn Miller, a well-known American musician, and his swing band.

'Three little birds' - Sing Up (Sign Language)

Don't worry about a thing: your pupils will love this feel-good reggae classic! This is a laid back song with a repeated verse and chorus, which makes it goo...

True Colours - Anna Kendrick and justin Timberlake - Trolls - SignSing BSL SSE

These signed-along-to-songs were made initially for children that I work with who use sign supported English or other signing systems to help them express th...

This Is Me - Keala Settle- SignSing BSL SSE

These signed-along-to-songs were made initially for children that I work with who use sign supported English or other signing systems to help them express th...


Proud is a very special meaning to me over these past two years, I'm proud of being gay, proud of being who I am but most important I'm proud of the people w...

Did you know?!


Singing makes you happy

Singing out loud releases feel-good hormones called endorphins that make you feel happy and positive. There is also a tiny part of your inner ear, called the sacculus, that releases even more happy hormones when it’s stimulated by music. So turn up the volume and belt out your favourite tune!


Singing helps you get healthy

Not only is it good for your mental health and mood, but research has shown that singing can actually help build your immune system. And did you know that singing is also an aerobic activity? It forces us to breathe deeply, which draws more oxygen into our bodies. This then travels all around our bloodstreams and even oxygenates our brains.


Singing teaches communication skills

Singing to babies prepares them for communicating later in life as it helps them get used to the structure and inflections of their native language. For children, singing strengthens your lips and tongues which encourages clear speaking, and also expands your vocabulary and teaches you about creative language and rhyme.


Singing helps with brain development

Learning to sing along with your favourite songs is a great way to build up your memory, as you recall lyrics and tunes - just think of how many songs you know off by heart without even trying! Singing as part of a group, such as a choir or a class, or even just with your family, can also build up your concentration and stamina as you try to keep in tune and follow the pace of the group.


Don’t forget the actions!

Action songs are a brilliant way to develop your co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, as well as your ability to concentrate and focus.